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Artist buries gold on British beach


29 August 2014

A great number of people have gone to Folkestone beach in the South East of England to dig for gold after a German artist announced he's buried 30 bars worth £10,000. The initiative is part of a local art festival.


John Maguire


The metal never fails to attract attention


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Buried beneath the golden sands of Folkestone are 30 tiny pieces of not silver, but gold. It's part of a project by the German artist Michael Sailstorfer, who buried the treasure by hand and there's no map.

There are two sizes – one worth around £250 and the other around £500 – and it's finders keepers for anyone lucky enough to unearth one.

Beachcombers with metal detectors are out in force. But the artist has also buried metal washers to try to level the playing field.

It's thought some gold may already have been found, but there's plenty left in this art installation. It's called Folkestone Digs and it's certainly living up to its name.


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finders keepers

the right to property given to someone who finds it


dig out


people who make a living searching for valuable things on beaches

out in force

out in great numbers

art installation

a temporary form of sculpture using objects and often sound and images

living up to


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